Monday, March 31, 2008

March 31st, The Day of Cesar Chavez

"If you're outraged at conditions, then you can't possibly be free or happy until you devote all your time to changing them and do nothing but that," he said. "But you can't change anything if you want to hold onto a good job, a good way of life and avoid sacrifice."

Today, in eight states, is a day that is spent in remembrance of Cesar Chavez. California even shuts down their libraries. Cesar Chavez is a farmworker rights activist that died in 1993. He fought for Labor Unions, worker rights, and the rights of workers to not be exposed to pesticides. No, pesticides aren't good when we eat them, but they are even worse when you are directly exposed to them, i.e. a farm worker. Working on farms is hard enough when you can breath, but I can't imagine what it would be like in a murky fuzz of chemical spray similar to what they poured on our "enemy" in the Vietnam War.

Without healthy soil, we can not be healthy people. Plainly speaking, without people, healthy or unhealthy, maybe the earth would exist in a more balanced way. But until that happens, I'm going to fight tooth and nail to be a healthy citizen. Even if this means sacrifice. But think of the sacrifices we ask of (primarily immigrant) farmworkers every single day... wow.

"Cesar Chavez, who insisted that those who labor in the earth were entitled to share fairly in the rewards of their toil, would never be forgotten."

Long live our cause


Sab Mad said...

hi my beeotiful (that's how Luke says beautiful) friend.
Just stoppin' in to say hellooo and tell you that I am growing some tummy-toes (that's how Luke says tomatoes). Please be impressed!!
i heart you...

sarahross said...

I ran into Pastor & Connie tonight at a MEND dinner...I squeezed them both extra hard for you. Just hearing his voice nearly made me cry. Are you still coming in May? I so hope our paths cross. You must meet my spicy little redhead.

Oh yes, and your blog entries are beyond commenting. You are a supreme individual.

sarah said...

Sarah Dear,
Can't wait to get a go at my first garden in a few weeks. John and his Dad dug up an area of earth for me yesterday, and it's been enjoying soft rain today. Can't wait! Love you much.